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GreenStep City Best Practices Transportation

Efficient City Fleets
no. 13

Implement a city fleet investment, operations and maintenance plan.
  Best Practice Action 6      [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 ]       [all actions]

Retrofit city diesel engines or install auxiliary power units and/or electrified parking spaces, utilizing Project GreenFleet or the like.

  • Despite high initial cost, battery-electric buses deliver lowest life-cycle costs to city transit fleets.
  • Project GreenFleet is a collaborative effort, led by Environmental Initiative, with business, government agencies and non-profit organizations, to improve air quality and protect public health by reducing emissions from Minnesota's diesel-fueled heavy construction vehicles.
Retrofit several city diesel engines. Report participation of businesses in best practice action 23.4
Retrofit all exhaust systems of city heavy-duty diesel truck models with diesel oxidation catalysts or filters.
Install at least one APU or electrified parking space. Report business participation in U.S. EPA's SmartWay Transport program under best practice action 23.4

Brooklyn Center

Date action report first entered:   04/03/2015
Date of last report update:   04/03/2015

Implementation details:
All new mobile engines and generators are replaced with Tier 4 Diesel engines

For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff)   |   ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us   |   763-569-3327

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Saint Paul

Date action report first entered:   10/20/2014
Date of last report update:   10/20/2014

Implementation details:
The City of Saint Paul has worked with Project GreenFleet and Donaldson in order to retrofit trucks with DOC units in order to reduce particulate emissions.

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Date action report first entered:   02/29/2012

Implementation details:
Palmer Bus Service retrofitted about 20 buses, contacted City, Utilities, and County to get vehicle inventory

Outcome measures/metrics:
This is in progress at the time of this post.

For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer)   |   janetanderson2840@gmail.com   |   5072190680

Palmer Bus Service, Mower County, Austin Utilities, Project Green Fleet

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Date action report first entered:   05/04/2012

Implementation details:
Burnsville participates in Project GreenFleet. To date, 4 city diesel engines have been retrofitted. Eleven engines have systems ordered and these will be installed in the near future. Within the next few months, every city vehicle that is less than Tier 3 will have an upgraded emission system.

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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Date action report first entered:   04/15/2015
Date of last report update:   04/15/2015

Implementation details:
Leech lake has retrofitted 65 buses, 25 DOCs, 2 DMFs and 4 re-powers.

For more information contact:
Brandy Toft (Community volunteer)   |   air@lldrm.org   |   218-335-7429

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Date action report first entered:   04/19/2011
Date of last report update:   05/01/2015

Implementation details:
Through the grant Clean Diesel Grant from the MPCA, Maplewood was able to retrofit four of the city's older diesel engine trucks. This will help fund for the purchase and installation of oxidation catalysts as of summer 2011. The city has also switched their diesel fleet from B2 biodiesel to a B5 biodiesel mixture in the winter with B10 biodiesel in the summer. Fleet will be replacing all older diesel trucks for newer vehicles that have pre-installed Oxidation Catalysts within the next two years.

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For more information contact:
Scott Schultz (City staff)   |   scott.schultz@ci.maplewood.mn.us   |   (651) 249-2430

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Date action report first entered:   06/13/2011

Implementation details:
Green Fleet a few years back and retro fitted 8 pre- filter Detroits Diesels. Since then we have updated the fleet with all new diesel technologies with filters as standard. The 2010 also have an after burn system using urea. The fleet uses B5  5% soybean.

For more information contact:
Anthony Knauer (City staff)   |   tknauer@rochestermn.gov   |   3282401

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Date action report first entered:   05/15/2013

Implementation details:
As of May 2013, Woodbury is in the process of using the MPCA DERA (Diesel Emissions Reduction Act) grant to retrofit four dump trucks with an up-graded exhaust muffler.

For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff)   |   jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us   |   651-714-3522

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Fergus Falls pending

Date action report first entered:   01/14/2016
Date of last report update:   01/14/2016

Implementation details:
As fleet vehicles reach beyond their useful life with the city, more efficient vehicles are purchased whenever possible.

For more information contact:
Len Taylor (City staff)   |   len.taylor@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us   |   218-332-5418

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pending means a star rating has not yet been assigned to this city

greenstep advisor
Rebecca Place, Electric Vehicle Coordinator, MN Pollution Control Agency: 651-757-2807, rebecca.place@state.mn.us